Pre-Filed Bills for 2020

These pre-filed bills have been selected and reviewed by the Kentucky Conservation Committee’s legislative agents and board, and ranked on a five-point scale (strong oppose, oppose, monitor, support, strong support) of recommended action.


Bill Position Priority Sponsors Summary  Status  History
BR23 Support Rep. C. Booker Proposes to amend Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to restore voting rights to persons convicted of felonies upon completion of their sentence. Pre File
BR32 Support Rep. J. Miller Imposes an excise tax on vapor products. KCC supports initiatives that promote public health and improves air quality. Pre File
BR118 Monitor  Senator C. Embry Jr. Modifies the definition of “waste disposal facility” to specify that all residual landfills are included in the process of local determination and remove the exception for private facilities that dispose of waste on their own private property. Remove sthe exception for private facilities that dispose of their own waste on their own property from the requirements to obtain approval from local governing body when a municipal solid waste disposal facility seeks to expand or construct a facility. Pre File
BR119 Support Senator C. Embry Jr. Includes, as criminal littering, allowing unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway. House version is BR133.  Pre File
BR133 Support Rep. R. Huff Includes, as criminal littering, allowing unsafe amounts of leaves or mowed grass to remain on a highway. Senate version is BR119. Pre File
BR141 Support Senator R. Alvarado Includes essential service personnel as an eligible class of persons who may request and cast an in-person or mail-in absentee ballot. “Essential Service Personnel” are those employed in a profession that requires a license, certificate, permit, whose assistance is desirable in an emergency or medical response. KCC supports certain bills addressing access to voting. Pre File
BR176 Support Senator D. Carroll More detailed bill than BR119 and BR133, but still includes, as criminal littering, dropping “unsafe amounts” of mowed grass on a highway and not immediately remove it. Pre File
BR184  Oppose Senators J. Higdon, E. Harris, R. Stivers II Takes away Governor’s authority to appoint a Transportation Secretary, and requires the establishment of a state transportation board to determine priority for state transportation projects. KCC’s primary interest is the fact that the transportation sector is now the leading source of CO2 pollutants. Pre File
BR204 Strong Oppose Rep. J. Gooch Jr. Anti-protesting legislation. Changes the definition of “key infrastructure assets” to specify that natural gas or petroleum pipelines are covered. Establishes that tampering with, impeding, or inhibiting operations of a key infrastructure asset in the offense of criminal mischief in the first degree. Allows for a civil action to be maintained against a person that compensates a person to violate KRS 512.020 and the compensated person is convicted of criminal mischief in the first degree. The concern is that an organization that employs someone that is protesting a pipeline on or near a pipeline can be held civilly liable. There has been a recent surge in similar legislation across the country.  See article HERE.  Pre File
BR206 Support Senator C. Embry Jr. Allows fiscal courts to license solid waste landfills and residual landfills and assess increased fees for accepting wastes outside of the waste planning area.  Pre File
BR258 Monitor Rep. D. Lewis Allows for the hunting of coyotes at night using any light but white light under certain conditions.  Pre File
BR270 Support Senator J. Turner Requires the Energy and Environment Cabinet to notify the Department of Workplace Standards of any applicant or permittee that may be subject to the performance bonding requirements and requires the commissioner of the Department of Workplace Standards to notify the Energy and Environment Cabinet of any employer engaged in the severance, preparation, or transportation of minerals that is not compliant with the performance bonding requirements. If not in compliance, prohibits the approval of mining permit applications, and allows the employees to more easily recover attorneys fees and damages. Pre File
BR273 Support Rep. T. Burch Permits voter preregistration for 16 year olds and up. Directs schools and the county clerk to inform students and school personnel, not less than once each school year, about the availability of preregistration and registration forms. Provides that each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license shall be a simultaneous application for voter preregistration and registration unless declined by the applicant. Pre File
BR300 Monitor Rep. R. Wiederstein Establishes requirements for an administrative regulation that constitutes a major economic action and creates the Regulatory Economic Analysis Advisory Group to consult on these regulations. Directs an agency to conduct and publish a detailed analysis of any major economic action regulation, including a cost-benefit analysis and adds a defective major economic action to the list of reasons a subcommittee may find a regulation deficient. Pre File
BR355 Support Rep. J. Donohue Establishes a refundable income tax credit for the costs of mitigating noise from a commercial airport.  Pre File
BR356 Support Rep. J. Donohue Requires the Finance and Administration Cabinet to give notice to the Kentucky Heritage Council 90 days prior to the transfer or sale of a property nominated by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Require the Kentucky Heritage Council to consult with the Finance and Administration Cabinet regarding the property’s historic, cultural, and archeological resources and make a recommendation on whether the property should have a preservation easement. If a preservation easement is recommended, no sale or transfer of the property shall take place until the easement is listed on the deed. Pre File
BR366  Monitor Rep. J. Nemes Allows for the selling and use of medical marijuana. KCC’s interest in the marijuana debate stems from recent policies in other states addressing the energy-intensive nature of the production process. We will monitor for opportunities to engage on that aspect. See article from the National Conference of State Legislatures HERE.  Pre File
BR414  Support Rep. A. Hatton Amend KRS 342.315 to eliminate the requirement that physicians contracting with the commissioner to perform evaluations in occupational disease claims be “B” readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.316 to allow the commissioner to select a physician or medical facility for referral in occupational disease claims and eliminate the requirement that such physicians be “B” readers who are licensed in Kentucky and are board-certified pulmonary specialists; amend KRS 342.794 to delete the definition of “board-certified pulmonary specialist” and eliminate the requirement that physicians on the list of qualified “B” readers maintained by the commissioner include only those licensed in Kentucky and board-certified pulmonary specialists. Pre File
BR415 Strong Support Rep. A. Hatton Require PSC to include rate affordability when determining fair, just and reasonable utility rates that allows the Public Service Commission to review the affordability of a utility’s rate if the utility has not requested a rate adjustment in five years and to order a rate increase to prevent significant increases in a single period. Pre File  
BR431 Support Rep. M. Sorolis Allows in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election. Pre File
BR432 Support Rep. M. Sorolis Provides for the establishment of designated voting locations by the county board of elections in counties with a population of 90,000 or more.  Pre File
BR439 Support Senator R. Thomas Early voting access. Create a new section of KRS Chapter 117 to allow in-person early voting between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the three Saturdays preceding any primary, regular election, or special election; amend KRS 117.087, 117.165, 117.235, 117.995, and 118.035 to conform. Pre File
BR440 Support Senator R. Thomas Provides for the establishment of designated voting locations by the county board of elections in counties with a population of 90,000 or more.  Pre File
BR480  Oppose Rep. R. Brenda Prohibits animal-drawn vehicles from being drawn by an animal wearing shoes that will damage the highway. KCC believes there are many other significant impacts that damage highways, such as overweight coal trucks. Pre File
BR727 Monitor Rep. C. Howard Decriminalizes less than one ounce of marijuana, creates licensing system. KCC’s interest in the marijuana debate stems from recent policies in other states addressing the energy-intensive nature of the production process. We will monitor for opportunities to engage on that aspect. See article from the National Conference of State Legislatures HERE. Pre File
BR808  Oppose Reps. T. Huff, K. Bratcher, J. Nemes, R. Webber Direct the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District to determine the environmental benefits, related costs, and potential alternatives to the federal reformulated gasoline requirements currently imposed in Jefferson County and partial areas in Bullitt and Oldham Counties. Trying to allow for the opt out of federal EPA reformulated gas requirements. Pre File
BR853 Support Rep. M. Sorolis Provides that a voter shall be a resident of the state and precinct on or before the day of an election and that a person who has not registered to vote prior to the time that the registration books are closed, and who possesses all other qualifications for voter registration, may register at the person’s precinct of residence on the day of the election, shall not be permitted to change party affiliation, and shall be permitted to vote in that election. Allows a person not listed on the precinct roster to be given the opportunity to register and vote at the precinct on the day of an election. Pre File
BR854 Support  Rep. M. Sorolis Provides that each application for a motor vehicle driver’s license shall be a simultaneous application for voter registration unless declined by the applicant.  Pre File
BR859 Support  Senator G. Neal Amends Section 145 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow persons convicted of a felony, other than felonies designated by the General Assembly, the right to vote.  Pre File
BR901  Support Rep. N. Kulkarni Provides definitions and establish procedures for dismissing legal actions filed in response to a party’s exercise of free speech, right to petition, or right to association, allows for an immediate appeal as a matter of right, and allows for costs to be awarded to petitioning party if dismissal is granted and for costs to be awarded to responding party if the motion was found to be frivolous or filed solely for the purpose of unnecessary delay. Pre File
BR906 Strong Oppose Senator R. Alvarado Alvarado’s annual tort reform bill. Proposes to amend Section 54 of the Constitution of Kentucky to allow the General Assembly the power to limit noneconomic damages for injuries resulting in death or for injuries to persons or property. Will have a chilling effect on victim’s ability to recover damages for environmental harms.  Pre File
BR931 Monitor  Rep. T. Huff, R. Webber Directs the Transportation Cabinet to implement a commercial sponsorship program for facilities and vehicles and allocate the profits of the program to the maintenance account within the road fund. This includes naming rest stops, bridges, tunnels, and more.  Pre File
BR947 Monitor Senator B. Smith Creates a six-member Blockchain Technology Working Group to examine the applicability of blockchain technology for various utility sectors and report to the Governor and the LRC.  Pre File
BR999  Strong Support   Rep. Marzian Anti-plastics bill. Prohibits the intentional release of more than 25 plastic balloons. Establishes a ban on plastic, single-use carryout bags, single-use plastic straws and Styrofoam food and beverage containers by retail food and beverage establishments.  Pre File